New Delhi: Expressing his anguish over the death of the Bollywood powerhouse, actor Rishi Kapoor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered how passionate Rishi Kapoor was about films and India’s progress. “Multifaceted, endearing and lively…this was Rishi Kapoor Ji. He was a powerhouse of talent. I will always recall our interactions, even on social media. He was passionate about films and India’s progress. Anguished by his demise. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti,” the PM tweeted. Also Read - India Offers What Innovators And Investors Need, Says PM Modi At VivaTech Conference

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Rishi Kapoor was in the hospital for two weeks and then was moved to the ICU on Wednesday evening after his condition worsened. The source also added, the actor was in a serious condition and wife Neetu Kapoor is by his side while his son and actor Ranbir Kapoor were also making regular visits to the hospital.

Rishi Kapoor was battling cancer since 2018. He got treated in the US for a year and had returned to India in September 2019. He was hospitalised after he complained of some breathing problem. Rishi had recovered last year in September but starting falling ill again.

During his one year period in New York, his wife Neetu Kapoor stood by his side and helped in the recovery. His son, Ranbir Kapoor, and his rumoured girlfriend Alia Bhatt kept making regular visits to New York to celebrate special occasions like New Years and birthdays. Several other stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Anupam Kher and Deepika Padukone among others also paid him visits.

He is survived by wife Neetu Kapoor and children Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and actor Ranbir Kapoor.